Black Bear. (If you encounter a black bear, appear large, hold your ground and punch it hard in the nose. It will retreat.)
Nothing like a close bear encounter to make you rethink what you're packing and how your camp is set up, and how you travel in the woods. Admittedly I had a quick cry from the stress of being huffed at close range, back at camp...
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Beautiful black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains
Black bear Chimera that helps defend the Cold Mountain Freehold More
Black bear up in a pine tree in the Smoky Mountains
American Black Bear More
The Black Bear is WV's state animal. Black bears are very intelligent, shy, and secretive animals - actually seeing a bear in the wild is a very rare experience.